Category Archive: Just the Journal

Nov 19 2014

The scale’s got my number

Over the past 4.5 months, my fitness mentors, informal nutrition advisors, Team Sopherocious members & personal cheerleaders have all (wisely & rightly) advised me to ignore the scale. After all, weight-loss is only one of numerous ways to measure the effectiveness of a work-out regimen and/or healthy diet. But when Dr. Darling and I started …

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Nov 03 2014

From the Dept. of “Why do I Even Bother?”

Eager & well-meaning intern: Are you doing something different with your hair? It looks great. Shazzer: There’s no product in it and it desperately needs to be cut. Eager & well-meaning intern: Oh.[uncomfortably long pause] Well, maybe you should consider wearing it a little longer. Shazzer: I’ll discuss that with my hairdresser while she’s cutting …

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Oct 25 2014

The not-so-secret admirer

When Dr Darling‘s office underwent a consolidation 18 months ago, she gained a bunch of new colleagues … including a nice middle-aged man who had immigrated from one of the western African nations that starts with a G (she can never remember which one). For the purposes of this story, let’s call him Montague … …

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Oct 09 2014

Stalking Sophie’s neighbor Saga


One of the nicest things about Coach Bad-@$$ AKA my friend Sophie (and there are MANY to choose from) is that she is tuned-in to other stuff about me besides my fitness quest and her power to torture me with Burpees, military push-ups and interminable planks.(And whatever else she comes up with …stay tuned.) For …

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Oct 01 2014

The Ugly Shoe Collection goes multi-media!


I have a well-deserved reputation for wearing highly functional, sturdy, often sporty, and always comfortable shoes. Aesthetics and styling rarely factor into what I put on my feet, which dates all the way back to my pre-teen years when a podiatrist told my Mom to pray that Earth Shoes never go out-of-style since they were the best …

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Sep 09 2014

I’m not adoring the new Dior ad


Like many Charlize Theron fans, I always look forward to the release of the latest ad for the Dior perfume J’adore. The South African beauty (and long-time occupier of a Top-3 spot on my Freebie List) has been the official face (and body) of the designer fragrance since 2004, and somewhat impossibly, seems to get more …

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Sep 05 2014

Well-hidden talents


Me: That was a really good workout! Tabata instructor (who had never met me before): You did *really* well. Me: I’m in a little bit better shape than I look. Tabata Instructor: Yes you ARE! Me: Thanks … I think.   Related articles Pressed for time? Try a Tabata workout Get in shape with Tabata …

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